Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

October 29, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 10/29/2012

Think about judges

If you haven't yet decided who to vote for, consider this: The next president will likely nominate one, and possibly two, Supreme Court justices. A Republican president will surely nominate conservative judges, only one of whom is needed to lock in an activist conservative Supreme Court for generations.

The Roberts court, already the most conservative of the last 75 years, overturned 100 years of precedent to give us Citizens United, the fruits of which you currently enjoy on TV. A five-vote conservative majority will certainly overturn a great deal more, including Roe v. Wade.

Anita Abbott

Northport

Back to what?

A Republican political ad states, "Take Back America." Back to what? To the Bush years that erased a budget surplus and got America into the mess President Obama inherited? Let's "take America forward."

President Obama has made progress by, among others, creating jobs, increasing consumer confidence, improving the housing market, revitalizing the auto industry, winding down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and passing equal pay for women. Following numerous distorted Republican anti-Obama ads, many racist, Obama's command presence and record of accomplishments demonstrate his exceptional leadership, qualities essential for another four years. Vote Democratic to continue the way forward.

Bill and Kathy Steeves

Traverse City

Stabilized funding

As another tourism season in northern Michigan comes to a close, the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau is reporting a double-digit increase in business over last year. It's evident Pure Michigan has been a major reason why. For that, we can thank state representative Wayne Schmidt.

House Bill 4160 (Public Act 3 of 2011), sponsored by Rep. Schmidt, increased funding for Pure Michigan to $25 million per year and created a stable source of funding for its continued success. It's clear Wayne Schmidt has represented Grand Traverse County very well in Lansing.

Please vote for Wayne Schmidt Nov. 6.

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